“It’s been hard,” says Jean. “I don’t envy people who are on their own and are widowed. It’s a tough, tough thing.”
Jean Griffin lost her husband over ten years ago. Since then, she’s tried to stay as active as possible – going to classes at the senior’s centre, becoming a member of the local Red Hat Society, and exploring the world through her computer.
She has no remaining family, so she’s made a point of staying connected with friends. “My friends are important to me, but they have busy lives and can’t always give me the support I feel I need. Living alone can get depressing.”
Three years ago Jean discovered the Tele-Touch program. She checks in via phone Monday through Thursday, and has a volunteer caller who calls on the weekends.
“My volunteer caller has changed my life a lot,” reports Jean. “He’s so compassionate. I can talk to him about anything, and he’s there to listen and help.”
She loves the reassurance it provides as well. “It’s like a security blanket for me. If they can’t get a hold of me, and I don’t check in at my regular time, I know someone will follow up to see if I’m okay.”
“For people like me who have absolutely nobody, it’s a tremendous asset.”